The BIGGA Awards

BIGGA Awards 2020

At the Welcome Celebration event at BTME 2020, a number of awards were handed out to BIGGA members who have done extraordinary things throughout their careers, including one who provides incredible support to those who encounter difficulties with mental health in their personal and professional lives.

Michael Davie, the course manager at Hazel Grove Golf Club in Stockport, has tirelessly supported many BIGGA members and other greenkeepers. Having overcome periods of depression in his own life, Michael (59) established the “Greenkeepers mental health support group” on Facebook, where turf industry professionals from all over the country can come together to support each other. In addition to this, Michael also hosts a regular meet-up in Manchester, where greenkeepers come together to discuss issues and provide a helping hand.

In recognition of the incredible effort he has put in to supporting his fellow greenkeepers, Michael was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award sponsored by Jacobsen. The award is one of three BIGGA Awards given out to members during the event, in addition to the Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor and the Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness and Kubota.

Reacting to the news that he had won a BIGGA Award, Michael Davie said: "I'm exceptionally humbled to receive this, it's totally unexpected and really amazing.

"I'm retiring from greenkeeping in a few months and I hope the extra time that gives me will allow me to develop the mental health side of things, I'm looking into how I can try and help as many people as possible, so this is just the start!" 

The winner of the Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year Award was revealed to be Grant Peters and the team at Parkstone Golf Club in Poole following the successful hosting of the Ladies’ European Amateur Championship in July 2019.

Also nominated in the same category were Craig Haldane and the team at Gleneagles for the hosting of The 2019 Solheim Cup and Graham and the team at Ipswich Golf Club for the hosting of the English Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship.

The Greenkeeping Project of the Year Award was won by Darren Anderson MG and the team at Bromborough Golf Club. The team replaced a 46-year-old irrigation system, alongside rebuilding greenside bunkers. Completing the work in house, it is estimated that the greenkeepers saved the club around £150,000.

Also nominated in the same category were Andrew Kerr MG and the team at Surbiton Golf Club and Robert George and the team at Thorndon Park Golf Club.

BIGGA Awards 2021

Will you make a nomination this year? Finalists will be announced in December 2020 and winners receive their awards at the BTME 2021 Welcome Celebration.

Each year BIGGA provides the opportunity for its members to be recognised for their incredible hard work and dedication throughout the year.

BIGGA’s annual awards acknowledge the achievements of its members and are handed out at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration, held at BTME in January each year.

The categories are:

Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Jacobsen

In recognition of the growing number of members who undertake voluntary work each year for the betterment of the association or any number of charities. The winner may be someone who has raised significant sums for charity or given fantastic support to greenkeepers or the industry.

Championship Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor

This award isn't just restricted to those clubs who host majors or European Tour events. A team may have done incredible work to get the course fit for professional events such as the EuroPro Tour or Ladies European Tour, or they may have hosted amateur events, such as a national or important local event. All nominations will be considered on merit.

Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness and Kubota

This award recognises those greenkeepers or greenkeeping teams who have undertaken a specific project, completed within the 2020 calendar year. However, projects can be long-term, beginning in a previous year. This can be construction, renovation or repair and the possibilities are endless.

Candidates are allowed to nominate themselves or they may be nominated by a colleague or someone who recognises their commitment to greenkeeping. For the first time, this year every nominee will receive a digital certificate with their name on it that they can print off and put on display.

2020 Entries closed on 31 October and we will announce the finalists in December, ahead of BTME 2021.

Check back here later in the year for details of how to enter the BIGGA Awards 2021. All you will have to do is complete the nomination form that will be located at the bottom of this webpage. It takes just a couple of minutes to complete and you never know, you could change someone’s career forever!

For more information about the BIGGA Awards, contact Rachael Duffy at rachael@bigga.co.uk

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